Course Description

Mathematics and Science Courses

PAB101 – Preparatory Algebra for Business I (3cr)

This course reviews and develops basic and intermediate Algebra skills. The primary general education learning outcome for this course is quantitative reasoning, which will require students to read and analyze data, develop mathematical models, draw inferences and support conclusions based on mathematical reasoning. A graphical approach will be utilized throughout the course with an emphasis on solving application problems. Topics include properties of exponents, algebraic expressions, polynomials, functions, the graphs of functions, linear functions, linear equations and systems of linear equations.

PAB112 – Preparatory Algebra for Business II (3cr)

This course reviews and develops basic and intermediate Algebra skills. The primary general education learning outcome for this course is quantitative reasoning, which will require students to read and analyze data, develop mathematical models, draw inferences and support conclusions based on mathematical reasoning. A graphical approach will be utilized throughout the course with an emphasis on solving application problems. Topics include rational expressions, radical expressions, quadratic functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, graphs of functions and equations (rational, radical, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic).
Prerequisite: PAB101

PAM101 – Preparatory Algebra for Medicine (3cr)

This course reviews and develops basic and intermediate Algebra skills. The primary general education learning outcome for this course is quantitative reasoning, which will require students to read and analyze data, develop mathematical models, draw inferences and support conclusions based on mathematical reasoning. A graphical approach will be utilized throughout the course with an emphasis on solving application problems. Topics include properties of exponents, algebraic expressions, polynomials, functions, the graphs of functions, linear functions, linear equations, systems of linear equations, rational expressions, radical expressions, quadratic functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, graphs of functions and equations (rational, radical, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic)

PPC101 – Preparatory Pre-calculus for Engineering and Science I (3cr)

This course reviews and develops intermediate and advanced Algebra skills. The primary general education learning outcome for this course is quantitative reasoning, which will require students to read and analyze data, develop mathematical models, draw inferences and support conclusions based on mathematical reasoning. A graphical approach will be utilized throughout the course with an emphasis on solving application problems. Topics include algebraic expressions, mathematical models, polynomials, functions, graphs of functions, systems of linear and non-linear equations and equations (linear, absolute value, quadratic, polynomial, rational and radical).

PPC112 – Preparatory Pre-calculus for Engineering and Science II (3cr)

This course reviews and develops intermediate and advanced Algebra skills. The primary general education learning outcome for this course is quantitative reasoning, which will require students to read and analyze data, develop mathematical models, draw inferences and support conclusions based on mathematical reasoning. A graphical approach will be utilized throughout the course with an emphasis on solving application problems. Topics include exponential functions, logarithmic functions, and trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry, polar coordinates and graphs of polar equations.
Prerequisite: PPC101

PHSF101 – Preparatory Human Structure and Function I (4cr)

The field of medical science and medical education has accumulated huge amounts of information about human systems biology including anatomy, physiology and molecular medicine (biochemistry, immunology, microbiology etc.). This course will concentrate on different organ systems that make up the human organism, understanding physiological processes and concepts. The laboratory section of the course is designed to augment the lectures by providing demonstrations and hands-on experimental learning. Topics include cells, body tissues, skin, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, blood and the gastrointestinal tract.

PHSF112 – Preparatory Human Structure and Function II (4cr)

The field of medical science and medical education has accumulated huge amounts of information about human systems biology including anatomy, physiology and molecular medicine (biochemistry, immunology, microbiology etc.). This course will concentrate on different organ systems that make up the human organism, understanding physiological processes and concepts. The laboratory section of the course is designed to augment the lectures by providing demonstrations and hands-on experimental learning. Topics include the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, immunity, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system and the reproductive system.
Prerequisite: PHSF101

PPHYE101 – Preparatory Physics for Engineering and Science I (3cr)

This is an introductory physics course aimed at the UPP students of Alfaisal University, and is a required course to fulfill part of their science program of study. The material of the course requires knowledge of Pre-calculus. The covered material will include the basics of Newtonian Mechanics. The course includes a mandatory laboratory that includes a set of about 5 experiments that run parallel to the theoretical materials covered in class. The course aims to develop an understanding of the physical concepts of force and motion, energy, energy transformation, conservation laws and fluid motion. The course centers around helping students express this understanding through the use of language, plots and graphs and to make them feel more comfortable with independent learning. PHYE101 lab is a one-hour lab, every other week that aims to help give students a more hands on understanding of the concepts they learn in class. Computer animations are used to emulate real world problems for which the students are required to apply their data collection and problem solving skills. The lab write-ups at the end of each activity aim to extend students' ability to analyze raw information and convert it all into explainable results and measurable quantities.
Co-requisites: Pre-Calculus

PPHYE112 – Preparatory Physics for Engineering and Science (3cr)

This is an introductory physics course aimed at the students of the University Preparatory Program (UPP) of Alfaisal University, and is a required course to fulfill part of their science program of study. The material of the course requires knowledge of Pre-Calculus. The covered material will include the basics of electrostatics, simple circuits, magnetism, electrometric waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum. The course includes a mandatory laboratory that includes a set of about five experiments that run parallel to the theoretical materials covered in class.
Pre-requisites: PPC101 and PPHYE101

PCHE101 – Preparatory Chemistry I (3cr)

This is a one-semester course, designed to give students a solid foundation in basic chemistry as a preparation for undergraduate studies. Students will learn of the central role of chemistry in science. They will learn the history and development of simple models used to describe the material world, with an emphasis on structure of matter at the atomic and molecular level. Students will learn how major classes of compounds, with characteristic properties, can be identified by gaining an appreciation of how different atoms interact with each other. They will understand that structure determines physical and chemical properties. Then they will learn how chemists quantify matter, and finally they will study some of the major types of chemical reactions. Some of the content in this course is accessed online through Moodle and it is mandatory for students to use this technology. This course will also allow students to develop practical skills in the chemistry lab as well as the writing of formal lab reports. Some of these classes will be conducted in the laboratory (you will be informed in advance of the exact dates for the labs).

PCHE112 – Preparatory Chemistry II (3cr)

This is a one-semester course, designed to give students a solid foundation in basic chemistry as a preparation for undergraduate studies. Students will learn the arithmetic of chemical equations and to carry out calculations using balanced equations. They will apply kinetic theory to gases to explain their properties. Students will explore the gas laws experimentally and use these laws to carry out calculations. They will learn about the flow of energy in chemical reactions and how this is quantified experimentally. The properties of acids and bases will be studied along with measurement and calculation of pH. A basic appreciation of buffer action will be attained. Oxidation and reduction will be defined and reactions involving these processes will be carried out and their balanced equations deduced. The sources, properties and major uses of hydrocarbons will be emphasized. Students will learn to classify organic molecules according to functional groups. They will study basic reactions of selected functional groups. The importance of polymerization and polymers will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: PCHE101

PPHYM112 – Preparatory Physics for Medicine

This is an introductory physics course aimed at the medicine and life sciences pathway students of the University Preparatory Program (UPP) of Alfaisal University, and is a required to fulfill part of their science requirements. The covered material will include the basics of mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and electromagnetism, optics, wave optics, and modern physics covering basic concepts of quantum physics, atomic nucleus and radioactivity.

English Courses

PENG 003 – Preparatory English 3 (4cr)

PENG 003 is a 4-credit hour, 14-hour/week, 8-week course that specifically aims to develop the students' four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with special emphasis on writing. The primary aim of the course is to enable students to write coherent, organized sentences to form one paragraph with a review of mechanics, sentence patterns and correct usage. The emphasis of the communication component is to understand the speaker's focus, recall facts, list, distinguish between main ideas and details, and use strategies to identify, form, and express ideas while activating prior knowledge. The reading goal is to enable students to identify main ideas and supporting details, cultivate vocabulary, think about word meaning, increase reading fluency, verify information, and use reading strategies.

PENG 004 – Preparatory English 4 (4cr)

PENG 004 is a 4-credit hour, 14-hour/week, 8-week course that specifically aims to develop the students' four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The first primary aim of the course is to develop students' reading skills including understanding main ideas, supporting details and making inferences. The writing goal aims to enable students to understand the structure and features of a paragraph including topic, supporting and concluding sentences. The emphasis of the communication component is on understanding main ideas and supporting details while listening to academic lectures on a variety of subjects. Additionally, students will develop note-taking strategies to organize and synthesize the ideas expressed in lectures.
Prerequisite: PENG 003 or acceptable minimum score on placement exams

PENG 005 – Preparatory English 5 (4cr)

PENG 005 is a 14-hour/week, 8-week course that specifically aims to develop the students' four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with special emphasis on reading, writing and grammar. The first primary aim of the course is to develop students' skills to read, reflect upon, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in a variety of texts. The writing goal aims to enable students to compose different kinds of clear, well-organized and coherent paragraphs including narrative, descriptive, process, logical division of ideas, and compare/contrast paragraphs. The emphasis of the listening and speaking component is on oral communication and the retention and analysis of information based on students' abilities to listen and comprehend. Students listen to a variety of real-life recordings and critically discuss the topics.
Prerequisite: PENG 004 or acceptable minimum score on placement exams

PENG 006 – Preparatory English 6 (4cr)

PENG 006 is a 14-hour/week, 8-week course that aims to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with emphasis on reading, writing and sentence structure. The reading component centers on extending students' ability to interact with the written word, to reflect upon, analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate information from a variety of textual forms. The writing component centers on extending students' ability to express themselves in the written word, to compose clear, well-organized, and coherent short texts that incorporate a variety of rhetorical modes including opinion/persuasive and compare/contrast essays. The speaking and listening component centers on extending students' ability to interact effectively using the spoken word, to interact with the spoken word, to reflect upon, analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate information from a variety of live and recorded audio sources.
Prerequisite: PENG 005 or acceptable minimum score on placement exams

PENG 007 – Preparatory English 7 (3cr)

PENG 007 is a 12-hour/week, 8-week course that specifically aims to develop the students' four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with special emphasis on reading, writing and grammar. The emphasis of the listening and speaking component centers on oral communication and the retention and analysis of information based on students' abilities to listen and comprehend. Students listen to a variety of real-life recordings and critically discuss the topics. The second primary aim of the course is to develop students' skills to read, reflect upon, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in a variety of texts. The third primary goal aims to enable students to write different kinds of clear, well-organized and coherent essays including argumentative and cause/effect.
Prerequisite: PENG 006 or acceptable minimum score on placement exams

PENG 008 – Preparatory English 8 (3cr)

PENG 008 is a 12-hour/week, 8-week course that mainly focuses on reading and writing, with implicit emphasis on listening and speaking. The first primary goal of this course is for students to gain exposure to a wide range of texts (pathway related texts, essays, articles, professional journals, and literature) that will provide the basis for their essay writing that students engage in during the course. This course is designed to improve students' critical reading and thinking skills, increase analytical, inferential and evaluative comprehension, expand vocabulary skills, and employ effective study strategies for use across academic disciplines. The second primary goal is to hone the students' academic writing skills, and enable them to write clear, well-organized and coherent argumentative essays. The general use of academic writing conventions are promoted throughout the writing component as students are expected to incorporate basic citations in their writing at this level to avoid plagiarism.
Prerequisite: PENG 007



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